Reflection on Friday- Health Benefits to Vacation

"A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you've been taking." Earl Wilson "A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in." Robert Orben The Benefit of Vacation to Your Health: In many ways, this post is apparent and meaningless. We all know that relieving or …

Word for Wednesday: Life

“I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life.” Louise Hay “Avoiding problems you need to face is avoiding the life you need to live.” Paulo Coelho “Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things.” Frank A. Clark “Stop existing in …

Parkinson’s: Don’t Give Up

"Don't give up. Don't ever give up." Jim Valvano "Never, never, never give up." Winston Churchill Introduction: A recurring theme here and just about anywhere you read about living with Parkinson's is the call to keep trying, never to give up. Why? I think because the physical aspect of Parkinson's can be devastating. Furthermore, the …

Word for Wednesday: Courage

"Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage." Maya Angelou “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” Mary …

Science Tuesday: Sublingual Carbidopa/Levodopa

"The human brain doesn't come with an instruction manual." Bill Engvall "The great events of the world take place in the brain." Oscar Wilde Levodopa: Levodopa markedly improves motor symptoms for the majority of people with Parkinson’s. The pharmacological effectiveness of levodopa is quite good; however, it has less efficiency in controlling the non-motor symptoms. …

Parkinson’s: Won’t Back Down

"The beginning is always today." Mary Wollstonecraft "Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm." Abraham Lincoln Introduction: Living with Parkinson's is a minute, hourly, and daily challenge. It takes patience, determination, persistence, and the ability to not back down from the challenge it presents. In one of Tom Petty's …

Living With Parkinson’s

"If you could get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed." David Viscott "Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible." Helen Keller Introduction: Having gone through a major change in strategy to treat my Parkinson's (see "Treating Parkinson’s with a Dopamine Agonist: The Ropinirole Taper"), I have returned …

Journey with Parkinson’s: Tribute to the Greatest Generation

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes." William James "This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." Elmer Davis Introduction: The Greatest Generation was a book written in 1998 by journalist …

Treating Parkinson’s with a Dopamine Agonist: The Ropinirole Taper

"The key to change is to let go of fear." Rosanne Cash "Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength." Corrie Ten Boom Introduction: Seven years ago, when diagnosed with Parkinson's, I began taking Ropinirole, a dopamine agonist. And in the last month, I decided to stop taking Ropinirole …

Parkinson’s Motivation

"You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them." Michael Jordan "It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves." Edmund Hillary Précis: Six years ago today, on March 9, 2015, I started the Journey with Parkinson's blog with a post entitled "I'm Still Here: Life with Parkinson's." This also signifies that …